It’s too cold in the garage or the shed. I brought this inside to warm up and then I will hit those stickers with a heat gun and see if they will peel off.
I am afraid these have been baked in the desert sun a little bit and are difficult to remove. So far I managed to get off the Walmart barcode sticker, the made in China sticker and the Pacific Cyclery sticker.
Those 3 LOLs are next! The paint on this bike is actually still really nice, once I gave it some Maguiar’s polish. There’s just a few tiny nicks and scratches & a little rust at the drop outs.
It was clear that at one point this little bike sat in the sun for a long time, with one side pointed to the sun. The stickers on one side of the bike were easier to remove, while the stickers on the other side were fried & came off with great difficulty.
But every sticker is gone now and the bike looks ok, with only a few little scratches and nicks, and a bit of rust on the drop outs.
At this point I have it 90% rubbed out but it is not polished yet.
I need to spread the rear drops a little bit. (2 mm max) But otherwise the coaster brake is finished and ready to go, once I lace it and instal the sprocket.
The rear hoop got a quickie spray job. Here it is curing in my office after several hours baking in a hotbox.
It could stand to be scuffed and sprayed again but I don’t want to wait an extra week for it to cure. This kind of enamel stays soft a long time. It says 48 hours, but in this kind of weather it takes a week.
Here it is, coaster brake all assembled and wheel re-laced, but not trued yet.
I’ll let it cure for at least a week yet before I put a tire on there. The paint was just cured enough to do the lacing.
The stance is ok so far, but will depend on some tubular fork slugs. I didn’t cut them yet, but 3/4” EMT and some flatwashers will do fine to replace the springs.
But first, It’s time for the horseshoe to go. That thing was thin and the old Dremel rendered it off in short order.
The speed control & switch on this old Dremel was toast after 20+ years of grit. The brushes, commutator, bearings and collet were fine, and I just had to bridge it all with solder. Now it runs, at top speed only, reliably, from a foot switch.
I did two full days of work on that little fork. I think it looks nice enough now although it’s not clear coated. I just hit it with some anti-corrosion oil.
There’s some faint die marks, minor nicks, and tiny weld undercuts that I did not buff out. Most of it came out pretty good after sanding with 220, some wire brush burnishing, and buffing with a synthetic wool wheel. White car polish compound.
And lots of filing by hand.
Of course it must come apart again. As I was just polishing it, I laid it on my desk, and discovered that the weldment is not straight.
Phooie! Why didn’t I check that before I polished it? I knew that cheap fake Huffy Fork wouldn’t be exactly straight, But it’s tweaked over 3/16” (5mm.)
My indoor vice was not big enough to attempt the straightening, so I have to wait till tomorrow and use the big outdoor vice.